Mariano Rivera hated pitching in Little League

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Mariano Rivera remembers his Little League days fondly. What he remembers most: He hated to pitch.

The former Yankees closer was inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence on Tuesday night between games of its World Series.

Rivera retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves. He says he didn't like to pitch as a Little Leaguer because it meant he couldn't play every day.

Rivera says something has to be done about all the youth pitching injuries. He says young pitchers need to rely more on the fastball and limit innings. He also advised youngsters to stay in school because an injury can end their playing career at any time.


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